Musician, Teacher, and Researcher

Rachael Sanguinetti Hayes is a passionate educator and performer from Rochester, New York. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in 2015 where she majored in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis and Musical Arts with a thesis focused in arts journalism and the future of classical music. She also minored in Social Psychology and completed an Arts Leadership Certificate. Rachael then went on to earn a master’s degree at Ithaca College in 2018 with a focus in secondary general education and popular music education. Rachael is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music with a focus in secondary general music, popular music, and student-centered instruction. She has been invited to present at multiple conferences across the US and has completed research studies on the subject of popular music education. She also maintains an active performance career as a soprano, performing across the northeast in numerous productions and as a soloist.

She has been a full-time faculty member at Allendale Columbia School in Pittsford, New York for six years and was recently named the David M. Pychon Chair for the Arts, an award recognizing top arts educators at the school. At Allendale Columbia, she teaches chorus for grades 4-8, general music for grades 6-8, voice lessons, and music electives including Ukulele, Songwriting, Voice Class, Music in Movies and Video Games, and, her personal favorite, Modern Band. She loves working with students of all ages to pursue their own musical interests, to find their passions, and to make music with others.

Rachael has recently discovered a passion for research and is in the process of completing and publishing multiple studies on the topic of popular music in the classroom. 

When she's not teaching, researching, or performing, Rachael enjoys spending time with her family (including her dog and two cats) and drinking coffee.

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